FCC chairman speaks at length on additional spectrum at CES

NEW DELHI: The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at Las Vegas on Friday witnessed FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in discussion with CEA president Gary Shapiro. They discussed everything from spectrum and the FCC‘s role in dealing with new technologies to assistive technology and the former’s legacy.

In a speech before the sit-down, the FCC chairman spoke at length about the need for additional spectrum and incentive auctions to get that accomplished.
Asked to speak on the spectrum issue, Genachowski insisted that this was an issue that could be solved quickly. "We could be in a position – if Congress asks – to auction this spectrum in the next year or two and put the spectrum on the market," he said. "That‘s the pace at which we need to move, given the incredible demand [for] spectrum."

Incentive auctions would allow TV broadcasters to sell unused spectrum that would be used for mobile broadband purposes. Congress, however, has to authorise the FCC to proceed with those auctions.

Without additional spectrum, US global competitiveness is at risk, Genachowski said. "It‘s clear now that … our success depends on having a robust, vibrant, world-class digital infrastructure – wired and wireless." 
The auctions should not be viewed as a punishment for broadcasters. "It‘s just we have a disruptive, new technology in the market that we have to take advantage of for our economy," Genachowski observed.

Genachowski maintained that it was the FCC‘s core mission to do "everything we can to make sure we have [an eco-system] that‘s competitive and conducive to the greatest possible innovation."

Latest Reads
HAL Robotics ropes in Navanit Samaiyar as board member and advisor

MUMBAI: HAL Robotics has roped in Navanit Samaiyar as its board member and advisor. Samaiyar has a record of setting up, scaling and transforming businesses across a very wide cross section of industries spanning from IT/ ITeS to steel, telecom, engineering goods, earthmoving machinery, logistics...

Technology Hardware Components
Republic TV launches Android app

MUMBAI: Republic TV is on a roll. From rocking the ratings chart in launch week itself to going international, the channel has added one more accomplishment to its kitty. The Republic TV Android app is now live.

Technology Software Applications
STB cos in India, China enhancing features, providing customised solutions, Technavio enlists top vendors

MUMBAI: The global STB market is characterised by intense competition as the market is saturated in developed countries. The market share of these players is declining because of the entry of new players. The STB companies are enhancing the features of STBs and providing customised solutions to...

Technology Hardware Set-top Boxes
India's PFT Clear Media ERP suite to help US' PBS content delivery

MUMBAI: Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), the technology arm of Prime Focus, announced that its CLEAR™ Media ERP Suite has been selected by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) to enhance their Network Operations Center (NOC) ecosystem efficiencies and sustainability, with the objective of reducing...

Technology Software Applications
Broadcasters, OTTs to gain as Via adds xHE-AAC at special rate

MUMBAI: Via Licensing Corporation, a intellectual property solutions provider, has announced the upcoming availability of Extended High Efficiency AAC (xHE-AAC) as part of the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) patent pool. The expanded patent pool licence will be available at no additional cost to...

Technology Software Applications
Tata Comm to deliver Motorsport videos on global devices

MUMBAI: Tata Communications will now deliver video content for viewers' all devices over its global network. The two have partnered to power the growth of the network’s internet television platforms.

Technology Software Applications
How to create live video content sans pros, convert radio broadcast into visual show

MUMBAI: ChyronHego will be showcasing its live production, automation solutions at Broadcast India show in Mumbai in mid-October.

Technology Software Applications
Sony renews IP licence deal with TiVo

MUMBAI: TiVo Corporation, a leader in entertainment technology and audience insights, has announced that Sony Corporation, a leader in consumer electronics, has renewed its multi-year intellectual property (IP) licence agreement. The license to TiVo’s patent portfolios covers all of Sony’s...

Technology Software Applications
Digital TV, growing telecom major drivers of coaxial cable growth in A-Pac: Study

MUMBAI: The global coaxial cables market is mature owing to the use of coaxial cables in industries for a long time and the slow or stagnant product innovation.

Technology Hardware Components

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories